Daniel’s dad lost his best friend last year, so we planned this gift for him – Sunny Leone talks about her Italian holiday

Sunny Leone is an avid traveller. She insists that husband Daniel Weber and she try to spend at least one day in a new city even when they visit for work. What most may not know is that the hi-glam Sunny is basically a family person. This April, husband Daniel and she visited Italy with Daniel’s parents, Tommy and Tsipora Weber. “Daniel’s parents are old now and they can’t move as quickly as they used to. Their travel buddies are getting old. Also, Daniel’s dad lost his best friend last year, so we planned this gift for him,” smiles Sunny. She says images of the Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum of Rome and the yacht ride to the coast of Capri… are memories she’ll treasure forever.

Rome
“We planned this vacation to Rome six months in advance. The weather in April was chilly but on the whole pleasant,” says Sunny adding, “We started off the holiday with Rome and stopped by at the islands of Salerno, Capri, Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, before finally driving off to Sicily.” Her favourite thing to do when on vacation is to walk around. And Rome is a walker’s paradise. “There are a string of gelato shops in Rome. It’s the land of pizzas and I gorged on them. Also, they serve the best pasta in the world,” she says. “Counting your calories while on vacation is against the rules! Anyway, Daniel and I walked almost eight to nine hours a day, so we made up for it,” she laughs adding, “At the end of the day we were exhausted. But it was so much fun,” she smiles.

In Rome, their hotel was near the famous Spanish steps and the Trevi Fountain. “We made our wishes at the fountain and had gelato sitting outside. That’s when it started raining and it was beautiful,” she recalls. Being a health-freak, Sunny enjoyed the fresh fruit sold all over the place. “I remember walking to a strawberry stand and buying a couple of them. When I asked how much they cost, the vendor said, ‘For a beautiful girl… you don’t have to pay anything’!” she chuckles at the memory.

Vatican City
The Vatican, as is known, is the world’s smallest state surrounded by the city of Rome. “Daniel’s father insisted that we appoint a guide. The guide told us all about The Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum. It’s so huge, you wouldn’t know the historical facts without their help,” says she adding, “The artwork is unbelievable and even if you see it, again and again, you’ll find new things each time.” She continues, “One historical fact that I remember was about a Pope who made sure fig leaves were placed on the private parts of some nude paintings, sculptures and statues! And it’s still there… I found it funny.”

Sorrento, Salerno and Capri
They stayed in Sorrento for a couple of days and she came across one of the best fish preparations there. “It was a full fish that was covered in sea salt… we had to break it open! It was so cool,” she describes. They took a private yacht to reach from the coast of Salerno to Capri. “It was frosty. But the water was crystal clear and you could see the fish swimming.” Capri is famous for lemons and oranges and Sunny says she had the best lemon ice-cream there.

Pompeii, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast
Pompeii is an old, buried city and she found its history remarkable. “It had an underground sewer and water system so many years ago. You could see how well planned it all was and how it functioned,” she mentions. The Amalfi Coast, a 50-kilometre coastline, along with the Sorrentine Peninsula, is famous for its pastel-coloured fishing villages. It’s also famous for its lemon candies. “I bought those candies back for my friends and they gobbled them up in no time,” she smiles. “From there we went to Sicily but it wasn’t as exciting as the other cities. It was run down. It’s nice that you can tell everyone that you went there, but that’s about it,” she winks.

Family first
“Daniel’s parents, who live in New York, are now at an age where it’s important that we spend as much quality time together as possible. Sharing meals, having those morning conversations, driving around through the beautiful coasts… that special time with them has given us unforgettable memories,” shares Sunny. She says with misty eyes, “I have lost both my parents and I deeply regret not giving them enough time. I’m glad to have enjoyed those beautiful moments with Daniel’s parents and look forward to more such family jaunts.”

Sunny’s Travel tips
– Have an easygoing attitude when you’re travelling in a group. It’s different when you’re travelling with your partner.
– Carry your most comfortable shoes for walking around because at the end of the day your feet will kill you.
– Don’t shy away from trying things even if they seem odd. Like, even if the food looks weird, just try it.
– Taste the local fruit and vegetables because they’re rare flavours.

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